Hatfield Forest

Important notice -

Our toilets are being refurbished, we have temporary toilets in our Lake Area Car park. It may be a wee while before normal service is resumed.

Ancient royal hunting forest

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Our work 

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What's on

The Kings Driscolls band playing live at Woodfest in Hatfield Forest


Join us for WoodFest in September and experience Hatfield Forest as it comes alive with music, crafts and much, much more...

Upcoming events

Hatfield Forest - Landscape Photography Masterclass with Justin Minns 2019

Sat 06 Apr 2019
Join award winning photographer Justin Minns for a day of honing and refining your landscape photography skills in the beautiful Hatfield Forest.

Forest Bake-off 2019

Wed 10 Apr 2019
Come and make campfire bread, cook sausages (veggie option available) toast marshmallows, bake apples all around a fire pit.

Make a Mini Bee Hotel 2019

Tue 16 Apr 2019
Come and make a mini bee hotel and pot up some red clover seeds (bees love red clover) to take home.

Introduction to Photography 2019

Sun 21 Apr 2019
Join us for an introduction to photography in the great outdoors. Learn the basics of camera control and composition as well as picking up some pro-tricks from an award winning photographer, Helen Hooker.

Magical Woodland Elves and Fairies 2019

Tue 28 May 2019
Explore the forest looking for hidden fairy doors and make your very own woodland wand.

Introduction to Photography Intermediate Course 2019

Fri 19 Jul 2019
Join us for the next step on from out introductory course, focusing on more advanced techniques to take your photography to the next level. As well as picking up some pro-tricks from an award winning photographer, Helen Hooker.
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Things to see and do

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Eating and shopping

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Tree growing in open parkland in May at Hatfield Forest, Essex.

Professional Courses at Hatfield Forest 

Our team manages a variety of veteran trees and the wildlife the habitat supports. Learn what they know by taking part in one of our professional courses.

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Join or give

A protective basket surrounding a freshly cut stump in Elgins Coppice

Coppice appeal 

Our volunteers help care for 240 hectares of ancient coppice woodland. They need your help to get new equipment to continue this important work.

 A group of people listening to a guide

Local Supporter Groups  

Interested in making the most of the National Trust near you? Join your local supporter group to enjoy special interest talks, visits, holidays and other social events. These groups do so much for Hatfield Forest, supporting us not only with fundraising but also hands-on conservation activities, with particular thanks to the Cambridge, Chelmsford and Herts and Essex Border Centres.